House Democrats have delayed a vote condemning anti-Semitism after progressive lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
The resolution was supposed to be introduced today and condemned anti-Semitism after Omar sparked outrage with her incendiary, anti-Semitic rhetoric.
According to Fox News, the resolution was going to state that the House “rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
Now, as Politico reports, Democrats have delayed today’s vote after a number of progressives have come to Omar’s defense.
An array of progressive groups declared their support for Omar, while both the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus — two of the most important factions among House Democrats — wanted more time to review the situation, lawmakers and aides said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the vote would likely happen Thursday. They also said a draft resolution would be updated to include additional language rejecting anti-Muslim bias, although some Democratic sources believe that an entirely new document might be crafted.
On Monday, some of the country’s leading Jewish organizations demanded that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her anti-Semitism, according to an exclusive report by the Washington Free Beacon.
In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the group writes that Omar’s recent comments, anti-Semitic tweets, as well as her address before the Islamic Relieve USA in February are grounds for her removal from the influential committee.
“In light of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent anti-Semitic tweets, statements, and address before Islamic Relief USA on Saturday, February 23rd, we, the undersigned organizations, request that you immediately remove her as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” they write.
“We hope you will continue to demonstrate your commitment to the high moral standards of your office by removing Rep. Omar, a woman who has repeatedly exhibited strong biases against the State of Israel and the Jewish people, from this critically important and sensitive committee,” the letter states.
In February, Pelosi and a number of Democrats released a joint statement rebuking Omar after she implied Jewish advocacy group, AIPAC, paid off members of Congress for their support.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” the statement said.
On Friday, Rep. Engel slammed Omar for her recent comments claiming that lawmakers who support Israel “hold an allegiance to a foreign country.”
In a statement, Engel called on Omar to retract her statement and apologize, calling her remarks “deeply offensive,” “unacceptable,” and “hurtful.”